Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

How private are the sessions?
Each session is in a private treatment room with one-on-one care for one hour. This allows for a comprehensive and supportive environment to work together on the issues at hand. No rush, no pressure and complete individual attention. There is complete confidentiality with all information shared either on paper, electronically or in person.

What Should I Wear?
Ideally you should bring a sports top you feel comfortable wearing (in private room only) and shorts of some kind. The reason behind this is the more that is visible, the better the assessment. 

What will my Initial treatment be like?
Initially you will be asked your history and concerns.  There is no right or wrong way to go about this.  Together during the appointment, you will come up with goals to work towards. There will be forms sent to you that you may wish to fill out ahead of time and sent back prior to your day of appointment or if you’d rather, they can be discussed initially on the first day of assessment. Discussion on day one is a main part of the getting to know process and foundational for success in the long run.

What does pelvic health physical exam look like?
Next there will be the physical assessment. This looks slightly different for everyone as it is tailored to the individual and their needs. Functions like walking, standing, squatting, forward bending or lifting are some examples of part of the physical assessment. Checking breathing and postures and movement are another. This may look more like what you’d see in the typical physiotherapy clinic exams.

The other portion of the exam may or may not take place if needed and based on the individual’s level of comfort. Pelvic floor examination can be partly done with clothes on and on the outside of the body, but most of the pelvic floor information is on the inside of the body. Which means that the physiotherapist will ask permission to insert one or two fingers into the vagina or rectum and assess the structures that make up the pelvic floor. This portion is done only at the consent of the individual. The client is always in the driver’s seat and can ask to stop the process at anytime they wish. For this reason, all exams are performed in a private and quiet room with the physiotherapist and client present. If you wish to have someone accompany you or if you need to bring your child, they are most welcome.

There will be ongoing discussion and explanation of what will happen and what is happening as Devan conducts any portion of the physical exam. Not every session will involve all these components as proper attention and evaluation in some areas more than others may be needed for successful treatment. At the start of each session you and Devan will decide together a general plan for that day (with some flexibility in mind).

Will I be given Homework?
We want you to succeed with physiotherapy. We want to empower you. Pelvic floor physiotherapy will most likely involve some work to do outside of the clinic in hopes it will enhance your life. There will be a mutual agreement between the individual and therapist for all homework given. This sets the stage for feeling more confident and increases the likelihood that progress will be made.

What if I am 2SLGBTQIA+?
Pelvic Health physiotherapy is non discriminatory and is open for all sexual orientations and gender identities. 

Still have questions?
If you have any questions or would like to discuss things in more detail before booking with Devan, please email dtessolini@gmail.com.

Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Do I need a doctor’s note to see a physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are primary health care workers. As a result you do not need a doctors note to start Physiotherapy. Some patients extended benefits need a doctors note on file once they have had a certain number of physiotherapy treatments. However, most patients extended benefits do not require a doctors note.

What Should I Wear for my Appointment?
Ideally you should bring a sports top you feel comfortable wearing (in private room only) and shorts of some kind. The reason behind this is the more that is visible, the better the assessment. You can think of it like trying to get a knee treated and examined while you are wearing snow pants and how much better the experience is with having shorts on instead.

As a first time patient what should I except at my Physiotherapy treatment?

You can expect a respectful and professional experience with a physiotherapist (PT). The physiotherapist will need to ask some questions about your problem and may need to understand other health issues you might have that could impact recovery. 

The PT will try to understand what your goals are, they will explain how they will assess you and ask for your consent before they start. After the assessment, the physiotherapist will explain what physiotherapy can help you with, how long it might take and the expected outcome from the treatment. 

Again, as a patient you will be asked to consent to a physiotherapist assessing you and developing a treatment plan. PTs will get you involved your own recovery and should never proceed with treatment if you are uncomfortable. 

What if I am 2SLGBTQIA+?
Physiotherapy with Devan is non discriminatory and is open for all sexual orientations and gender identities. 

Can my Physiotherapist order XRAY’s, CT Scans, or MRI’s for me? 

After a thorough examination of your area of pain or discomfort Devan can write a detailed letter to your doctor describing her findings and if necessary recommend that you seek further medical imaging to get a detailed diagnosis of a bone, muscle or soft tissue. 

Does Devan Tessolini accept ICBC or Work Safe BC claims? 

Due to the fact that Devan believes for optimum recovery and health each patient deserves and needs a 50 min treatment she does not accept ICBC or Work Safe BC claims.